Level 2 Inspector and Decontaminator Training

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training 
Upcoming Classes

Virtual Training January 26-28, 2021, 8AM-NOON (3 days); CLASS IS FULL.

Virtual Training February 23-25, 2021, 8AM-NOON (3 days); CLASS IS FULL.

Virtual Training March 23-25, 2021, 8AM-NOON (3 days): CLASS IS FULL.

Virtual Training April 6-8, 2021 8AM–NOON (3 days): CLASS IS FULL.

Virtual Training April 20-22, 2021 8AM–NOON (3 days): Zoom register here.

The training includes:

  1. Introduction and Western State AIS Programs

  2. Biology (Zebra/Quagga mussel and other Aquatic Invasive Species)

  3. Watercraft 101

  4. Inspection Procedures and practice

  5. Triggers for decontamination and Step-by-step procedures.

Student Manual

For any questions, please contact:

“Quagga D” Davis

(702) 236-3814


Background Information

This two-day, intensive, hands-on training is provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The course is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon become active in setting-up or implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination programs for their respective agencies, organizations or businesses. The class size is restricted to 10–12 people, and the focus is on actual inspections of various types of watercraft and the use of several decontamination systems. It is certified by 100th Meridian member agencies and successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion.

It is recommended that students be trained in both inspection and decontamination in the same two-day course, and do not attend different classes for each.  To be trained in decontamination, students must participate in all decontamination sessions (approximately 5 hours including demonstrate practical knowledge by taking part in practical decontaminations).  All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better on the final written exam to pass the class.  The training must include additional inspection practice, along with standard decontamination modules or chapters/slideshows:

1) Additional inspection practice

2) Triggers for Decontamination

3) Types of Decontamination and Step-By-Step Decontamination Procedures

4)  Working knowledge of boat anatomy, form and function


Inspection and Decontamination trainings are delivered over two days (12–14 hours), mostly at Lake Mead located on the Nevada/Arizona Border near Las Vegas. The training focuses on actual field inspections of various types of watercraft, which may or may not be contaminated with quagga mussels and then day two will entail decontamination procedures according to the Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States (UMPS III).


Dress for the training should be work clothes. There will be some crawling under boats on both dirt and pavement. You will also be operating boat washing equipment on Wednesday that will be using hot (>160° F) and could (surely will) get some splash. A pair of disposable/reusable coveralls will be provided upon request. Footwear should have non-marking outsoles (so you don’t leave marks on the boats while inspecting and decontaminating them) and be able to get wet without being damaged. Flip flops or any open footwear is not advised for Wednesday since there most likely will be very hot water splashing during the decontamination process.

Remember your cameras and sunscreen.

Sample Virtual Agenda 

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Certification Training

[Note - times shown below may not reflect the agenda of the class you enroll in]

Day 1 


8:45 Log into Zoom – Zooming 101 

9:00 Introductions 

9:30 PSMFC - WIT/WID Western States Training Program Overview 

9:45 CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife – AIS Program Overview 

10:00 AZ Game & Fish – AIS Program Overview 

10:30 AIS Program Review – Q & A 

10:45 BREAK 

11:00 Biology - Quagga and Zebra (QZM) and other AIS Species of Concern 

11:45 Biology Review - Q & A 

12:00 Adjourn (Based on completion) 

Day 2 

8:45 Log into Zoom 

9:00 Watercraft Anatomy – Systems and Components Review 

9:30 Name That Boat Game 

9:45 Watercraft Anatomy Review – Q & A 

10:00 BREAK 

10:15 Assessing Risk and Best Practices - Inspection 

11:00 Inspection Review – Q & A 

11:15 WID Data System 

11:30 Data System – Q & A 

12:00 Adjourn (Based on Completion) 

Day 3 

8:45 Log into Zoom 

9:00 Decontamination Procedures Review 

9:45 Pressure Washer Safety 

10:00 Decontamination Review – Q & A 

10:15 Break 

10:30 Chat Rooms 

Inspection Chat Room 

Practice Inspections with Scenarios 

Review Forms 

Triggers for HIGH Risk Watercrafts 

11:45 Final Questions, Prize Winners and Class Pic 

12:00 Adjourn 

Based on Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
Certificates will be handed out at completion of training